Ask Alex

How to make your shoes more water resistant

How to make your shoes more water resistant

It’s February. The festivities and indulgences of Christmas are a distant memory, everything is grey, and it will not stop raining. The last thing you want now is soggy socks, so let’s talk about how to protect your shoes against the elements. Does rain ruin […]

Ask Alex: Top 5 Essential Shoe Styles For Women

Ask Alex: Top 5 Essential Shoe Styles For Women

Let’s talk about shoes. For a worryingly long time, the women’s footwear market, for the most part, has been dominated by decorative items as opposed to footwear. It’s saturated with utterly impractical towering heels and angular edges which are so far removed from the shape […]

What Does Dressing Smart/Casual Actually Mean?

What Does Dressing Smart/Casual Actually Mean?

‘‘Smart/casual’ is the single worst dress code in the world. We’ve all felt panic before: reaching into your pocket to get your phone out and finding it empty; seeing a spider crawl under your bed as you’re about to go to sleep. But nothing can […]

What is an Oxford?

What is an Oxford?

Back in Victorian-era Britain, boots were the go-to item of footwear for formal wear, mostly because horses were still the preferred method of transportation and the last thing you wanted was dirty socks. Life was probably hard enough, right? Then in the early 1800s, in […]

What Is A Derby?

What Is A Derby?

Listen up, people. This blog is going to tell you in no uncertain terms what we mean when we label a shoe as a ‘derby’. If that’s not enough, there’ll also be pictures. Let us begin. ‘Derby’ refers to the way in which the facings […]

What is a Brogue?

What is a Brogue?

Anyone who has watched either of the Kingsman movies will be familiar with the phrase ‘oxfords, not brogues’. Well, Colin, I’m sorry to say that your statement is a little misleading – oxfords can be brogues, and many brogues are oxfords. Confused? You’re not alone. […]

What is Chromexcel Leather?

What is Chromexcel Leather?

Cheaney has produced a continued selection of industrial-esque boots and rugged shoes, of which Chromexcel features heavily. But what is Chromexcel leather? Why does it differ from other traditional leathers and how do you care for it? Let’s learn. At Cheaney, we source our leathers […]